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Some mail-in ballots rejected, voters to be notified; more than 30K votes cast so far

October 30, 2020 | 12:09 am

Updated October 29, 2020 | 11:38 pm

Graphic by Owensboro Times

Roughly 100 of the more than 13,000 mail-in ballots have been rejected so far for various reasons, according Daviess County Clerk’s Office officials, though procedures are in place to notify those voters and rectify the situation.

According to Thursday afternoon’s update, the Clerk’s Office has checked in 11,776 mail-in ballots out of 13,548 that were mailed out.

According to Wednesday’s update, 13,667 ballots had been mailed out.

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“This number decreased due to ballots being rejected because of ‘no signature’ or ‘no inner flap,’” Deputy Clerk Richard House wrote in Thursday’s update. “… Once we have rejected a ballot for one of the designated reasons, the voter will be contacted via email or letter to let them know that this has occurred and how they can remedy the issue.” 

According to House, the ballot in the system is cancelled and the voter will be sent instructions to find out how to fix the issue with their mail-in ballot. 

“This will cause this number to fluctuate over the next few days as ballots are rejected or cancelled, and the voters are notified,” House said. “As you can see, the number of rejected ballots are extremely low this time for the number of ballots that are being processed. We can attribute this to specific guidelines laid out in the emergency regulation that allowed for more ballots to be substantially compliant and the fact that more voters seem to understand the process and instructions this time.”

Also according to Thursday’s update, 21,251 people have voted early in person.

Approximately 44.5% of Daviess County eligible voters have either voted early in person or received a mail-in ballot for the General Election as of Thursday.

Important dates

Early in-person voting available through Monday
Daviess County Courthouse
Friday and Monday | 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday | 8 a.m. – Noon

Towne Square Mall – Former Burkes Outlet Location
Friday and Monday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Election Day
Hours apply to all locations
Tuesday | 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Owensboro Sportscenter
  • Yellow Creek Baptist Church Gymnasium
  • Bellevue Baptist Church Gymnasium
  • Hines Convention Center
  • Towne Square Mall – Former Burkes Outlet Location
  • Owensboro Christian Church

Absentee ballots
The deadline to request an absentee ballot has passed. Absentee ballots must be mailed and postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 6. Drop boxes are available for Kentuckians to return their mail ballots if they are concerned about postal delays. Contact the Daviess County Clerk’s Office for details on drop box locations. 

October 30, 2020 | 12:09 am

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